Peter Smanjak

National Geographic Journalist Tested Positive for 320 Chemicals in His Body

Chemical Discovery

An astute and well known National Geographic write engaged in a journey of chemical self-discovery and personal health tested positive for 320 chemicals. These chemical unbeknown to him were picked up from a variety of sources such as from food, drink, the air he breathes, and the products used on his skin.

The test he undertook highlighted older chemicals that he might have been exposed to decades ago, such as DDT and PCBs; pollutants like lead, mercury, and dioxins; newer pesticides and plastic ingredients; and the near-miraculous compounds that lurk just beneath the surface of modern life, making shampoos fragrant, pans nonstick, and fabrics water-resistant and fire-safe.

As unsettling as his journey down chemical road was, what is most scary is that the test left out thousands of compounds, among them pesticides, plastics, solvents, and a rocket-fuel ingredient called perchlorate that is polluting groundwater in many regions of the country. Nor was he tested for chemical cocktails—mixtures of chemicals that may do little harm on their own but act together to damage human cells.

Then he shares how unbelievable it is that medical doctor’s also don’t know of this level of toxicity brought into our body by daily living. He had found this out on presenting the results to his internist, who admitted that he too knows little about these chemicals. However his internist still went onto to confirm that he is healthy, as far as he can tell. Are you gasping with unbelief right now.

Read the full story here.

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Cellular Detoxification

Think of your body as a bucket. Now imagine the toxins that surround us in daily life are the liquid that slowly fills that bucket. With each toxic exposure, drop-by-drop, your bucket becomes more full. In my one course, we present on detoxification protocols. In our research we discovered that everyday we are ex[posed to over 2,100,000 toxins daily.

A drop here and there isn’t such a big deal, however, chronic exposure to an onslaught of chemical, physical and emotional stressors fills up the bucket each day, and at some point the bucket begins to overflow. It may take a few decades before your bucket spills over, but once it does, cellular inflammation is triggered and unwanted symptoms arise. The big questions come out and ask how did I get this or that condition or disease. That is the place I found myself over 10 years ago.

Did you know that when you clean out the body of toxic waste, some use the term detox, multiple health benefits are produced. Within seven days, an instant increase in energy, increase in cognitive function, increase the immune response to infection and disease is already beginning to happen. Now imagine doing this for every staff member.

Removing Toxic Waste

To embark upon a cellular detox process, you need to determine the possible causes of toxic stress that may be causing body-wide damage and supporting the body’s natural ability to remove them. Removing the toxic source that has contributed to the accumulated toxic load in the body is essential to achieving ant sort of result. This step is vital where health restoration begins. No health journey or so called ‘diet’ will have any sustainable result if not initiated with a proper detoxification and cleansing program.

Research states “…that the immune system forms an integrated network that detects and destroys invading pathogens and cancer cells, it provides the body’s first line of defense. The consequences of early-life exposures (chemicals from our environment) that reduce immune function are profound.

These research findings suggest that exposure too common chemicals from our daily environment represent overlooked contributors to the fact that infectious diseases remain among the top five causes of death worldwide.” [1]

When you discover just how toxic our body, brain and thought process is, you then have the opportunity, before it is too late, to work with experts in the field to release these toxins. Did you know it has been stated by the most advanced practitioners that it could take seven years and more to rid our body of the toxic mucus formed from dairy products. At a cellular level, this mucus wraps itself around every aspect of the body. Many people will only know and experience the symptomatic expression of a mucus buildup in the the form of sinusitis and post-nasal drip, something I suffered with for 30 years. Now I am completely clear of my own ten year journey while consulting with many clients.

Health Interventions Need Not be Complicated

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In our health programs we run for individuals and organisations we embark on a 8-12 week journey of education and intervention. When you sign up for your own journey you learn:

  • When removing the multiple toxins from your life and in your body you would gain insights of how toxins are overwhelming to your immune system and making you susceptible to infections [2] (An indepth read).
  • How everyday toxic heavy metals and chemicals kill your friendly gut bacteria and set the stage for gut issues and microbiome damage.
  • How cellular toxins block the gut-brain connection which leads to uncontrollable cravings, brain fog, lack of energy, weight gain and even weakened intuition or “gut feeling”.
  • How certain toxins create “hideouts” for pathogens like parasites and how these foreign invaders damage your gut and immune system.
  • The everyday products used and healthy foods consumed that contain the worst toxins that multiply your risk for autoimmune disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, and more.

Removing toxins is the first step to restore health. You must take these steps to replenish and rejuvenate your cells after they’ve been cleaned out.

Gut Health

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Good gut health is fundamental to our physical and mental well-being, yet digestive disorders are more prevalent than ever. We need to make proactive efforts to protect our digestive systems from damage caused by pervasive environmental toxins like glyphosate sprayed on non-organic crops, GMOs, heavy metals, biotoxins like mold, and lifestyle factors like emotional and physical stress and poor sleep habits.

As these stored toxins are broken up and released from the tissues into the blood system, the side effects of that particular toxin or poison may be re-experienced.

Toxic vs Clean Produce

EWG released its annual Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists, highlighting the fruits and vegetables most and least likely to harbour pesticide residues. Strawberries are high on the contamination list again this year, but spinach and pears were also highlighted for extreme pesticide residues.

It is vital to reduce toxic accumulation. We should not stop consuming some of the dirty dozen, however we should strive to either grow it ourselves or learn how to remove the toxic byproducts from the produce. Can you accept that your favourite strawberrry is number 1 on the list?

Toxin Accumulation Risk

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In most cases, the older one gets, the greater the accumulated toxins. Glandular weaknesses, lowered immune system functioning, unhappiness, chronic lung involvement, thyroid and adrenal weakness, and malabsorption are all factors that can cause serious energy loss. Sugar imbalances can also cause energy changes. More rest is needed at different times, especially when all stimulants (like coffee, tea, and refined sugars) are removed from the diet.

We are a society that relies on stimulants for energy. This eventually weakens our true energy centers, the glands. When we stop our intake of toxic stimulants, we can experience a whiplash effect and feel quite fatigued. This will soon pass with the ingestion of living foods and juices. It is important to understand that the standard diet is weakening your physical body, not strengthening it. Those foods and everyday products directly applied to your skin create a lot of inflammation and toxicity in tissues.

Removing toxins from the body and our lives does not happen overnight, but if you persist you will be successful. A good start is more of a raw food type eating plan with the focus on a lot of non-GMO fruits, the main cleaners of toxic waste from the human body.

Should you wish to get more serious, remove animal products that carry hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals. This could be done for 3 – 6 months or even as I have, 9 years later. Then remove the chemicals from your home, go more natural and focus on restoring you gut health. You will be a changed human!


​1. Winans, B., Humble, M. C., & Lawrence, B. P. (2011). Environmental toxicants and the developing immune system: a missing link in the global battle against infectious disease?. Reproductive toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.), 31(3), 327–336.

2. Chemical & Engineering News: ISSN 0009-2347

3. National Geographic:

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